[AMRadio] Re: IARU bandplan


SBJohnston at aol.com SBJohnston at aol.com
Wed Oct 10 09:31:36 EDT 2007


A number of folks who found the IARU bandplan OK, and support restrictive 
band plans, have written to me saying "the bands are so crowded we've got to do 
something!"  

I must disagree.  I passively listen to the MF and HF bands at least ten 
hours a week, and actively operate about an additional ten hours, and I do not 
find the bands particularly crowded.  And the interference issues that I do 
overhear are usually caused by one of two things:  either deliberate jamming and 
harrassment, or a shift in propagation brings QSOs that were previously unheard 
to each other into conflict.  It is rarely a matter of too many hams on the 
bands...

Again, I feel it is vital that we err on the side of flexibility and less 
restrictions, rather than more and tighter controls that eliminate future 
choices.  If we are to remain viable as an organized hobby we've got to be open to a 
wide variety of modes, both old and new.

Steve WD8DAS


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